1 in 10 people lack access to safe water
1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet
Women and children spend 125 million hours each day collecting water
Every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return

The Economic Importance Of Clean Water

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return. Water is a smart investment -- in people, in futures, in possibility.

Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4 economic return.1


$260 billion is lost globally each year due to lack of safe water and sanitation.1


Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $18.5 billion in economic benefits each year from deaths avoided alone.1


Universal access to safe water and sanitation would result in $32 billion in economic benefits each year from reductions in health care costs and increased productivity from reduced illness.1


Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year.1


Annual aid for water and sanitation amounts to only US $8 billion--far short of the $1 trillion needed to solve this crisis and maintain it long term.1,2


Access to credit plays a significant role in triggering household sanitation investments, increasing health and providing families the dignity of a toilet.3


Resource Links

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References

  1. World Health Organization. (2012). Global costs and benefits of drinking-water supply and sanitation interventions to reach the MDG target and universal coverage.
  2. OECD. (2015). Aid to Water Supply and Sanitation.
  3. Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). (2010). Financing On-Site Sanitation for the Poor, A Six County Comparative Review and Analysis.

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